Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kids

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By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer The days are getting longer and the snow is finally melting, which means it’s time to get outside and play! After a long winter, I’m beside myself excited to get outside with my toddler and baby. Whether you’re taking a hike, going camping, or just spending free time outdoors, nature lends itself to many learning opportunities for your children. Why You Should Make Getting Outside a Priority Explore creation Time in nature points to our Creator. Since getting outside invites […]

Creative Ideas For Girls’ Night: How To Build Real Community Without Spending a Fortune

Creative Ideas for a Girls' Night Out

Looking for some creative ideas for girls’ night this New Year’s Eve? Jessica has you covered! By Jessica, Contributing Writer I used to feel like an introvert. I enjoyed (but didn’t really need) much of a social life. And then I was a mom. Somehow it’s taken long days spent with two adorable, exhausting toddlers to realize: You know, I really like grown-ups. I enjoy stimulating conversation. I crave it, actually. I’m really lonely without it! I remember the exact moment it hit me. I […]

Twelve Christmas Stories to Read to Children

12 Christmas stories to read to children

Looking for Christmas stories to read to children? Natalie has 12 to share with you today!    By Natalie, Contributing Writer My favorite thing to do with my kids is read to them. Chapter books are great for reading out loud in the afternoon and at bedtime (and if you read to the end, I have a couple of bonus recommendations in that category). But the younger children find beautiful picture books especially delightful–particularly during the Christmas season. There are so many lovely Christmas stories […]

One Small Change: Frugal and Simple Behavior Incentives

Frugal & Simple Behavior Incentives: Ditch the Chore Charts!

Want to ditch the chore charts? Check out Michele’s frugal and simple behavior incentives! By contributing writer, Michele of Frugal Granola In the midst of an overwhelming parenting season, I made one small but drastic change: I eliminated our chaos of monitoring chore charts, tallying allowance earnings per chore and restocking prize boxes. This may seem counterproductive toward creating the order I craved, but the disorder was more heartfelt than physical. I needed my tools for equipping and discipling my children to fit our values. […]

9 Ways Young Kids Can Help (and Even Save You Time) in the Kitchen!

9 Ways Young Kids Can Help (and Even Save You Time) in the Kitchen!

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Young kids in the kitchen and saving time in the kitchen are not two things that you usually see together in the same sentence, right?! I’ll be the first to raise my hand and admit that when my kids are in the kitchen with me that we often waste more time than save. And yet, over the past six months or so, I’ve really begun to see that with a little teaching, help, direction and then ongoing supervision (while I’m […]

35 Resources for the Naturally Minded Mom

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Have you ever wished that motherhood came with a manual? I have. Though I have slowly grown in my mothering know-how and ability over the years, and have come to really love being a mom, it hasn’t always been an easy road. I had no clue what I was doing when I got to the end of my first pregnancy (you know, the part where you actually get to hold a baby!) and realized that after all the months of sickness and fatigue and then […]

Encouragement for the Weary Work-at-Home Mama

Encouragement for the Weary Work at Home Mama

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It’s 5:00 pm. I’ve been staring at the computer screen for the past hour/hour and a half. My husband sends me a text that he is on his way home from work, 30 minutes away. I look around the house – toys, art supplies, books and the leftovers of a blanket fort are scattered everywhere, evidence of the kids basically having free reign of the house while I worked. I have no idea what we’re going to have for dinner. […]

16 Books On My “To Read” List

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I firmly believe that one can never own enough books. Our family has been on a mission to simplify and declutter over the past year or so. Books are one of those areas where I begin to sweat profusely and develop nervous twitches when I attempt to weed out the ones I want to get rid of. Making the switch to primarily digital books has made all the difference for me. Now I don’t have too worry about having too many, and I can also […]